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Western Regional Climate Center

From a temperature standpoint, autumn is off to an unusually mild start across the Northwest.

The federal government's Western Regional Climate Center generates charts of climate anomalies. They showed average daily temperatures running 2 to 6 degrees above normalĀ for the past month in nearly all of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond said a lingering patch of warm water in the eastern Pacific is contributing to the balmy weather.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The old saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words." That was the reaction of a U.S. Forest Service researcher when he rediscovered a trove of landscape panoramas called the Osborne Panoramas.

The photos were taken during the Great Depression at hundreds of fire lookouts in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.